Half a century together! That’s a reason to celebrate the golden anniversary in style. Celebrate this special date and show your love for the couple with some of our 50th wedding anniversary gift ideas listed here. If you are buying for your beloved, decide which of these gifts has meaning to you both.
The traditional gift for those celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary is gold. Gold is not just beautiful and valuable, it symbolises strength.
Say it with flowers
You can buy a bouquet of the same flowers the bride had at her wedding or make these into a floral arrangement. Alternatively you may like to buy them a rose bush for their garden. Arrange a time when you can dig the ground in preparation for planting so you’re not making extra work for them and gives you a chance to catch up as well. The yellow ‘Golden Celebration’ rose would be quite appropriate, but there are lots of plants with ‘gold’ or ‘golden’ in their names if you want to buy their favourite flower instead.
Gift Suggestions for a 50th Anniversary
Having been married for fifty years, it is likely that the couple have all the jewellery and home décor items that they want. Whilst there are many gifts with a personal touch they will enjoy, this is an anniversary where it’s experiences rather than things (or ‘stuff’!) that create the best memories, particularly if it involves the getting together of family and friends old and new.
Purchase tickets, wrapped with gold ribbon, for a movie, sports event, concert or theatre that they would both enjoy. Organise the transport and add a little extra for programmes and drinks. If they are fans of a particular artist, sports-person or musician, contact their public relations team and ask for a greeting to be sent to the couple or arrange for them to meet. Offering a donation to a charity of their choice may oil the wheels of the transaction.
A gold photo frame in their style – classic, baroque or vintage – is the perfect gift for them to later fill with their favourite photo of their golden anniversary.
Go, fly away!
With such a momentous occasion, mark the date with a special vacation. A romantic gesture is to book them a trip to where they went for their honeymoon. Maybe you would like to plan a trip for them to a place they have talked about, but never yet got to. If this is an expensive trip, club together with friends and family to make it happen. By showing them you have listened and remembered is a very loving gesture. If a vacation is not possible, a day out to a place that is special to them both can be arranged, or perhaps you know a reputable restaurant called “Golden Sands” where you can book them a meal.
Put it in words or song
The most appreciated gifts are those where some thought and effort has been made. If the couple enjoy music, a CD with songs from the era of the marriage date may have them up and dancing. Or buy them a box set of music from their favourite singer or band.
Create a poem to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary, write it in gold ink, and display it in a gold coloured frame. This is a great gift from children who can write a poem using each of the letters of “Golden” to start a new line in their six line verse. Or copy a reading from their actual wedding and frame this.
Being married for 5 decades, your couple have a long history and many memories. This is a good time for friends and family to contribute their own memories of the couple. Some may recollect happy times the couple have not remembered for a while. It’s a chance for those who contribute to say thank you to them both, and an opportunity for the couple to look back and be proud of the life they have together. Put these memories into a photo-book or scrapbook for a gift that will last long after the anniversary celebrations.
If the couple want to have a celebrate with a meal, decorate the tables with a gold centrepiece on a gold coloured tablecloth with chunky candles. Another idea is to dress the tables with flowers the same as the bride had in her bridal bouquet. If you have an original wedding invitation, amend this in photo-shop to keep the design, but change the dates and times to suit for their 50th anniversary meal. You can also use the same style in the place settings on the table. They will love it.
The silver 25th anniversary is a wedding anniversary that deserves a big celebration. Below are some 25th wedding anniversary gift ideas that will be both personal and meaningful.
The traditional and modern gift to symbolise the 25th Anniversary is silver. As this is a milestone anniversary there are many gifts on the market. Whilst it is a momentous date, the most precious gift you can offer is the one that comes from the heart. This means that you do not heed to spend a lot of money on silver wedding gifts to show them how important the couple are in your life. Some of the best gifts are those that you use your time, energy and skills to make yourself.
If you want to give a rose symbolic of a silver anniversary, you can give a single stem rose, a bouquet or floral arrangement to adorn and scent their house. If the couple have a garden, you can gift them a rose bush and let them know you’ll take responsibility for planting the bush if they want you to. There is a red rose named ‘Silver Jubilee’ or a pink rose ‘Love Always’. There are scores of rose names to choose that fit the anniversary theme. Pick a rose that lets the couple know how much they mean to you.
If you know the couple’s wedding wasn’t all they may have wanted or dreamed of, this is the time that family and friends can join with the couple to plan a big celebration. At this celebration invite all the people that you can who attended the first wedding. Social media and friends’ reunited websites will help you track down people they have lost contact with. The planning of such a celebration will be fun for the couple as they remember, and can now laugh over, the stresses of their wedding day. Whether it was bad food, the bridal car turning up late or a terrible band that caused stress, be sure to get it right this time.
If you are planning a big celebration, the couple may like to renew their marriage vows in front of family and friends who were not at their wedding. This is a good time for some mother and daughter bonding as mum looks for a new dress for the day. Alternatively, if she has her original dress, this can be cleaned and altered if necessary.
Just the two of them celebration
A bottle of champagne so they can toast one another is a great gift. Not every couple will want a big celebration. The couple may celebrate their 25 years together with a romantic dinner for two or with a picnic with silver-colored plates and cups where champagne would add a luxury touch.
One of the best gift choices for a 25th wedding anniversary is a silver-plated digital photo frame in which to display some of the great moments the couple have spent together and occasions that are important occasion to them. Include photos of their wedding, their children, friends, homes they have lived in, trips taken together etc.
Pick a silver frame with a personal dedication to the couple and include a photo of them that you love, leave it empty so the couple can choose a picture of their own or include a gift token for a professional photographer to take a picture of the two of them.
Go online and create a photo-book with pictures and text contributions from family and friends far and wide who know the couple. Creating the photo-book online means that you can share the log-in details and password to all you want to contribute so that they can upload their words and photos directly. You can write a letter to the couple letting them know what they mean to you and how grateful you are for their help, assistance and friendship. This may be the first time the couple find out the significance of their support to a particular friend or family member. It’s a great gift to be able to say thank you for all the couple have done.
Make it personal
Other gifts can be chosen depending on the interests of the couple you are buying for. Personalised gifts are a great idea and show that you have put some research and thought into your gift. You can personalise most things. If the couple love their fancy fromages, buy a cheeseboard set personalised with their names and the year of their wedding. For example: “William and Kate. Est. 1991”. You can bring a bit of levity to the occasion with a customised cushion or picture that states “Keep Calm and Be Married. Jo and Charlie 04.06.91”. Get creative and have fun!